Search Results: "Philippa Langley"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Ricardians rejoice!"
Exciting, engagingly narrated tale of the "search to discover the real Richard III," co-authored by screenwriter Langley and historian Jones (Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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MISSING! by Jonathan Langley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"And his warm-hearted illustrations make the whole episode a spoonful of sweet medicine. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pair of feverish imaginations work their respective owners into swivets in this gently amusing story of crossed signals. Read full book review >

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PERSISTENT RUMOURS by Lee Langley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Readers who have guessed the end have probably guessed wrong, while those who resisted guesswork won't be able to put the book down."
This latest offering from British author Langley (From the Broken Tree, 1978, etc.) again straddles the boundaries of pulp and serious fiction. Read full book review >

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN by Jonathan Langley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"Not essential, but an entertaining update, attractively produced. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Somewhat in the manner of James Marshall's humorous renditions of favorite tales, but with iconoclastic additions freely incorporated into the spritely retelling (``Spin this straw into gold...or you will be fed to the Royal Crocodiles'')- -including a novel postcript: once the baby is saved, ``Ruby'' becomes a good Queen who takes over the royal duties, ``leaving the King to count his treasure''; her greedy husband eventually falls into the crocodile pool with a bag of gold and is ``never seen again.'' The lighthearted tone extends to the illustrations, where the characters all look like cheerful children; even Rumpelstiltskin is a merry elf with hardly a mischievous gleam in his eye. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

Recent attention paid to pioneer women pilots, long overdue, has produced both individual and collective biographies; this salute to their enterprising spirits flies above the rest. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Jonathan Langley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1993

"This doesn't have quite the verve or the delicious irreverence of James Marshall's retelling (1988); still, it's charming enough to deserve a place in most collections. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another wittily embellished update in the manner of Langley's Rumpelstiltskin (1992). Read full book review >

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DISTANT MUSIC by Lee Langley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"Sublime, if a smidge too magical."
Love transcends the eons in a story that travels the globe and tackles the repetitive nature of history. Read full book review >

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OWW! by Michael Rosen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"A comic tale, with several views of piglets flying through the air and a mild lesson about never refusing help. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Fans of Snore! (2001) will welcome this return to the same barnyard full of helpful animals. Read full book review >

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HOW TO CATCH A MOUSE by Philippa Leathers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"Clemmie in a trench coat, using what she's learned, is worth the price of admission alone. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Ginger kitten Clemmie keeps her house mouse-free…or does she? Read full book review >

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CONSEQUENCES OF SIN by Clare Langley-Hawthorne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2007

"An engaging heroine, the lure of romance, a rapid pace and the requisite period detail."
Sins of the past turn an Edwardian lady's bright future into a nightmare. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK RABBIT by Philippa Leathers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Sweet but slight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An adorable bunny discovers his shadow; trepidation and then friendship follow in this familiar and mildly entertaining tale. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Charles Dickens. (chronology, index) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
The prolific author of beloved fairy tales stars in this short illustrated entry in the What's Their Story? series (see Grant, above) of biographies. Read full book review >